Athletics

Lay and Rohrbach Named Assistant Coaches

Contact: Mike O'Brien

Thompson.jpgAMHERST, Mass. – Head coach Jon Thompson of the Amherst men’s lacrosse team has announced two new additions to his coaching staff, Caldwell Rohrbach and Andrew Lay.

“I couldn't be happier to welcome the energy, the enthusiasm, the professionalism and the contagious thirst for success that Coach Rohrbach and Coach Lay will bring to our athletic department and our lacrosse program here at Amherst,” said Thompson.  “Both of these men have proven that leading through compassion, enthusiasm and attention to detail are things that they each take pride in, and I am sure that their influence on our young men individually, and on our lacrosse family as a whole, will be far reaching.”

Rohrbach joins the coaching staff after spending a year as a student assistant at Gettsyburg College. He was very successful in his only season with the Bullets after transferring from St. Lawrence University. In 2012, Rohrbach led Gettsyburg with 15 assists while splitting his time at attack and midfield. He helped the Bullets reach the Centennial Conference tournament as well as the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship. Rohrbach scored six goals that season en route to an All-Centennial Conference honorable mention. In addition, he was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to transferring, Rohrbach was a three-time All-Liberty League selection at St. Lawrence, where he totaled 113 points on 74 goals and 39 assists.

Rohrbach graduated cum laude from Gettysburg in 2013 with a degree in Pyschology and minor in Sports Studies and Exercise Science. After graduation, Rohrbach spent a season playing professionally with the Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Senior Box Lacrosse Association, along with playing for Team Easton with the LXM pro tour.

“Coach Rohrbach’s future is bright. At both St. Lawrence and Gettysburg he worked diligently to hone his craft. Coaching at the collegiate level was among his many passions he intended to pursue after graduation, and I truly believe the men at Amherst are fortunate to be working with such a mature, talented, rising star in our profession. His attention to detail when it comes to mechanics has been superb and his thirst for self and collective improvement is evident from the moment you meet him. As a recruiter and as a steward for our program – we quite literally couldn't ask for a finer representative of Amherst College.” 

Lay joins the Amherst coaching staff after spending two years as an assistant at East High School, his alma mater. During his two-year stint at East, the team made consecutive state playoff appearances. Lay, ailing from Denver, Colorado, also volunteered for Denver City Lax, a nonprofit organization for inner city youth that focuses on academics as well as growing the sport of lacrosse.

The Denver, Colorado native graduated from the University of Denver in 2011 where he earned a degree in International Business and Real Estate from the Daniels School of Business. Upon graduation, he was drafted 39th overall by the Denver Outlaws where he played for three years.

He began his collegiate career as a walk-on his freshman season and earned the respect of his teammates during his tenure. As a senior, he was elected team captain by his peers, a year in which the Pioneers hosted the first-ever NCAA tournament game west of the Mississippi River and made their first Final Four appearance in program history. Additionally, Denver won two ECAC Championships and three NCAA Championship appearances during his collegiate career. Lay was nominated for the Lowes Senior Class award in 2011 and finished his career ranked seventh all-time in Denver’s Division I record book for man up goals, tied for sixth in game-winning goals and finished with a 53.4 career shot on goal percentage.

 “Andrew has been schooled by some of the finest minds in the game of college lacrosse. His experience as a player working with Bill Tierney, Matt Brown, Jamie Munroe, and John Torpey, all have shaped his passion for coaching individuals far beyond the game of lacrosse. He shares with us, philosophically, that coaching lacrosse extends well beyond the sewed lines on our turf. To make genuine connections, to think analytically about the game, about recruiting and to be creative about the methods he uses to teach are all important pieces to his philosophy that drew us to Andrew.  We all couldn't be more excited to have him with us as we move forward.” 

Coach Lay and Coach Rohrbach are both young and energetic and are eager to influence the lives of young men on and off the field. The new ideas, energy, execution and passion for the game that they both possess and bring to the program could not have come at a better time for the men’s lacrosse team.